Lectures

  • 2018 Sep 05

    STEVEN PINKER: ENLIGHTENMENT NOW

    6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Location: 

    Marines' Memorial Theatre 609 Sutter St. San Francisco, 94102

    Today’s world is characterized by people clinging to beliefs, hyperpolarization and the degradation of discourse. However, acclaimed author and psychologist Steven Pinker argues the very opposite: The world is actually improving, and there’s never been a safer and better time to be alive.

    In his book Enlightenment Now, Pinker makes the case that Enlightenment principles of reason, science and humanism are directly enhancing the quality of life for everyone—not just the West. However, a number of Anti-Enlightenment practices threaten the progress of...

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  • 2018 Sep 20

    Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

    7:30pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Chapin Hall at Williams College

    Known for his verve, his wit, and his profound ideas, Steven Pinker helps non-specialists understand the science behind human thought and action. One of the world’s leading cognitive scientists, Pinker translates his groundbreaking research into articles and books that are accessible to the general reader. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress (February 2018) offers a rare, big-picture look at the course of human history. With persuasive evidence, Pinker boldly states that, despite fearmongering, confusion, and political upheaval, things are indeed...

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  • 2018 Sep 22

    Steven Pinker at How the Light Gets In Philosophy Festival

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Kenwood House, NW3 7JR, Hampstead Heath

    "The greatest practical challenge is avoiding catastrophic climate change. The greatest moral and political challenge is defending the Enlightenment ideals of reason, science, humanism and progress." ~ Steven Pinker

    Steven Pinker is a cognitive psychologist and best-selling science writer. He first rose to prominence with his theory of language, arguing that evolution can explain our species’ innate capacity for language. His book on the subject, The Language Instinct, became an international best-seller, shifted...

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  • 2018 Oct 16

    Chicago Humanities Festival

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, 120 East Delaware Place

    Steven Pinker
    Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    Steven Pinker is one of Time magazine's "100 most influential people in the world." Bill Gates calls Pinker's Enlightenment Now his "new favorite book of all time."

    Honoring 

    The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Civic Leadership Award

    Anita and Prabhakant Sinha, ...

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